Post # 1
My fiance and I have a young(er) dog – a 14 month golden retriever who loves to chew shoes, especially flip flops and high heals for some reason. I have a friend who comes to stay at our home usually once every 1-2 months. I ALWAYS warn everyone when they come in and take their shoes off to put them in the closet because my dog will chew them.
Anways, the first time she left her shoes out and my dog chewed them and I replaced the shoes. This was a few months ago… She was just here a few days ago and left her shoes out AGAIN and my dog chewed them. Of course, I offered to pay for them again, but I am kind of annoyed. I get that it is my dog who ruined her things, but I warn her everytime she comes in and this has happened for the second time. What should I do in the future? I don’t want to keep replacing my friends shoes!! Should I still offer to pay to replace things that get ruined because of my dog? Even in my own home?
Post # 3
@Sea_Ashley: Although you reminded her, it’s likely she forgot. If she’s not used to having to do it at home, it wouldn’t come naturally to her; so whereas for you it’s second nature, for her it isn’t. For that reason, yes, I would have offered to pay.
In future, I’d suggest that you tell her every time she comes in/takes her shoes off; not just once at the start of her visit. Or, that you put them away for her. That way you don’t need to worry.
Post # 4
Honestly, no I wouldn’t offer to pay for them again.
Post # 5
I think it’s nice that you replaced them the first time, I wouldn’t have offered on the second time because you told her to put them in the closet the first time, she didn’t, you replaced those shoes…then she visits again and doesn’t put them in the closet knowing they could get ruined? Yeah I wouldn’t replace them. I’d apologize but that’s it. It’s your house and your dogs house, you have warned people it will happen and if they don’t put them in the closet what can you do? Just keep buying people new stuff? No.
Post # 6
@Sea_Ashley: In the future I’d start moving her shoes for her, or get a bench or something next to the door you can close to keep them in, or crate the dog while visitors are over. Sorry, but if your dog chewed it you need to replace it. I’m assuming your also working on training the pup too/breaking him of chewing?
Post # 7
I’m usually in the “replace everything your dog ruins” camp (I have a lovable Labrador myself!) but if she’s already let it happen and you’ve replaced them one, chica needs to learn to put her shoes away, or only wear $3 Old Navy fli flops when she comes over, haha.
Post # 8
@Sea_Ashley: if i had a dog that likes to chew shoes i would put her shoes in the closet myself. why don’t you do this????? it would save everyone a lot of grief.
Post # 9
Honestly, the problem is in disciplining your dog. I’ve had a few goldens now, and they’re very easy to discipline and train. Yes, they’ve all loved to chew on things they weren’t supposed to, but I got them all to knock it off. I’d feel embarrassed and terrible if my dog did that to a friend’s item, and thus I’d continue to pay for anything my dog ruined if I were in your position.
Post # 10
@Sea_Ashley: just tell her every time she comes in the house. if you do this and she still leaves her shoes out and the dog chews them, that’s on her.
Post # 11
@mypinkshoes: @barbie86: I usually do put her shoes away if I am home, but she stays with us for a few nights at a time because she comes to the area for work purposes. She is often in/out of our home when we aren’t even there.
Post # 12
I’m torn on this one. But I think you should offer to pay to replace her shoes again. You’re responsible for your dog’s behavior and most likely she forgot to put her shoes in the closet.
Since you paid for them the last time she left them out, it seems like you’d have said to her, “Hey, did you remember to put your shoes in the closet? Because you know my pup will chew them and I don’t want to pay for replacing them again.”
Or, you could put her shoes in the closet for her.
Or, best solution – you can teach your pup not to chew things like shoes, and have chew toys for him instead.
Post # 13
The first time, ok I’ll replace the shoes, but she continuously keeps on leaving her shoes out knowing your dog chews them. I wouldn’t pay after that, but I would find a solution because it is your dog and he needs to be trained. I think getting a shoe rack by the entrance that closes is a really good idea. I would do that, in the meantime also training my dog not to chew On anything other than his toys.
Post # 14
@figgnewton: +1. I would have done it once and only once. Maybe she doesn’t have a dog at home and doesn’t know how it is, but I would think when she arrived at the OP’s house, she would see the dog and be reminded. Our furbaby can be a bit of a menace and essentially if people don’t like it, they don’t need to come over. He’s part of the family, they aren’t.
Post # 15
I’d pay for them this time. Next time when she comes over, make a joke out of it and say something like ‘right, put your shoes in the closet – I’m running out of money having to pay for your shoes!!’
And if she doesn’t put them in there, physically put them in there yourself.
Post # 16
@bummbledbee: We are working with her! This is our 3rd golden and we have never had this problem with any of the other dogs. She hasn’t chewed either my fiance or my shoes since her early puppy stages, but maybe it is something about other people’s shoes and smells?? I don’t know.